LifeStride Jermaine Review

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Business savvy ladies know how important wearing the right style of footwear can be. Whether you’re at the office, headed for an interview, or just wanting to look professional, LifeStride’s Jermaine is the perfect choice of heels! It offers a distinctively sharp appearance that is office-appropriate to the fullest extent. The heel is an ideal height to wear with slacks so you won’t have to worry about the hemline which is a big deal when you wear dress pants to work. Jermaine delivers a comforting ride and helps to prevent hip, back, and lower limb fatigue which is why it’s a favorite among teachers and other professional ladies who spend long hours on their feet. 

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros
  • Snakeskin Details
  • Cushioned Insole
  • Breathable Lining
  • Flexible Vamp
Cons
  • Limited Colorways
  • Narrow Toe
Style

Style

Jermaine is a professional ladies kind of heel. It offers a smooth finish and lowrise chunky heel that makes it ideal for spending long hours on your feet. It's slightly squared toe gives it a distinctive vibe, while its minimalist detailing enhances the overall appropriateness for work-related wear. Teachers and women who spend most of the day on their feet need a shoe that’s not going to tire them out and end up hurting their feet. This is the ideal choice because it's aesthetically pleasing and professional enough to wear while you’re at the office. This pair of shoes has a slip-on design that makes for effortless on-off wearability so you won't have to worry about being slowed down during your hectic morning routine.
Aesthetics

Aesthetics

This heel is pleasing to the eye thanks to its smooth upper and snakeskin patent accents that make for a unique appearance. It's nice to have shoes that offer something a little different from the everyday designs and the snakeskin print on this heel really stands out from the rest! It features a v-cut lip along the vamp which adds another layer of distinction to its already interesting profile that also helps to make it more flexible. The best thing with this heel is that despite its unique detailing it still comes off as being very professional because it's quite minimalistic and none of the accents are too flashy or overdone.
Insole

Insole

A cushioned insole helps to make Jeremiah one of the more comforting choices. Unlike most high heels with little forethought to your comfort, this pair has a nice padded footbed that helps to lessen foot pain and lower limb fatigue. This is a must for women who are going to be spending long periods of time on their feet otherwise you could end up with bunions, calluses, and other painful conditions that can slow you down and make your workday feel even longer. The padded insole also works to absorb the impact from every step which means you won't suffer from as much knee, hip, and back pain as you would if you were to wear an uncomfortable shoe.
Lining

Lining

Breathable lining is an important aspect of any shoe but it can be tough to find especially in high heels! Jermaine offers just the thing to help prevent excessive sweating which also inhibits the growth of odor-causing bacteria. Its synthetic lining material lets plenty of air inside the shoe and around your skin. This helps to control temperature and results in a nice cool environment for your feet. No one likes having sweaty feet while you're wearing high heels because it makes your feet slip and slides around inside the shoe which can cause friction and painful blisters. Getting a blister can make your day a miserable disaster so it's always a good idea to try to prevent them.
Materials

Materials

Jeremiah is made from a cooling and breathable blend of synthetic materials that help to keep you nice and comfortable while you wear them. Its man-made upper is flexible and lightweight but at the same time gives you perfect airflow so you won't get too hot or sweaty. Its synthetic sole offers better traction in wet and slippery conditions which helps to prevent any accidental slips or falls. This is an important element for ladies who are on the move because no one wants to take a tumble because their footwear was just too slippery. It's also a quiet shoe that doesn't click with every step you take. This is a must for professional ladies who spend their days in the office because noisy footwear could be offputting in a professional environment.
Outsole

Outsole

This heel has a textured synthetic sole that offers a better grip on both wet and dry surfaces. This is important when it's raining and the sidewalks and floors are slippery because it can help to prevent accidental slips or falls. A smooth sole is much more slippery than one with a textured surface which is why Jermaine's design is ideal especially for this type of shoe. Lots of high heels come with smooth soles that are just plain poorly designed because it's much more dangerous for you to wear.
Flexibility

Flexibility

Jermaine’s v-cut vamp makes it extra flexible which is a great feature. Wearing stiff shoes is downright uncomfortable and leave your feet feeling sore and fatigued. It also opens you up to more friction-related issues because the stiff fabric is more likely to rub against your skin. It can even cut into your skin if you wear the shoes without socks or nylons which is very painful and unpleasant. This heel lets you move freely the way you want to so you won’t have to concern with being uncomfortable or restricted.
Heel

Heel

Jermaine has a 1 ¾ inch heel that’s perfect for walking or spending long hours on your feet. Any higher of a heel could cause you some discomfort if you wear it for too long. Its chunky shape also makes walking much easier than a thin spike would because it’s more natural and doesn’t make you change the way that you stride. Whereas, walking on a spike can be tough and force you to stride unnaturally which leads to back and lower limb fatigue.
Colorways

Colorways

One of the downsides to these shoes is the colors that they come in. It's available in Wild Rice, Black, and Rich Brown shades which are anything but vibrant and offer little in the way of excitement. Though they are good options for wearing while you're at work there's nothing overly desirable for your time spent away from the office. It would have been nice to have seen a few shades that were a little less reserved which would have made the shoe more appealing to wear for evenings out on the town or for special occasions like weddings, birthdays, and more.
Width

Width

Even though the slightly squared toe is appealing to the eye it leaves the toe box feeling a little narrow. If you have wider feet you might find that you need a half size larger than your regular size to accommodate for the somewhat tight forefoot that this pair has. If you have a narrow foot and are accustomed to wearing this shaped toe then you won't have any problems getting comfortable. You could always try to stretch out the shoes a bit if you're finding that they're too narrow. There are a few things that you could try that just might help them fit a little better which I've highlighted below.
  • First off you could try to stretch them out with a store bought fabric stretcher. They sell them fairly cheap and they actually work quite well.

  • If you prefer to try something else then you can hit them with a hair dryer while you're wearing them. Just leave the heat on them for one or two minutes. Then walk around wearing them for a minute this might help to stretch the fabric out just enough but shouldn't distort the way that they look.

Bottom Line

Bottom Line

Overall, LifeStride's Jermaine is a great choice for professional ladies and is perfect to wear while you're at the office. Its minimalistic details look great with dress pants or a pencil skirt and aren't too flashy for workwear. It has a 1 3/4-inch heel that is an ideal height for wearing with a pantsuit because you won't have to worry about the hemline. A slightly squared toe gives this pair a distinct appearance but also makes it run a little narrow too.

Because of Jermaine's limited colorways, it isn't the best shoe to wear while you're out and about but its neutral hues are very good for wearing while you're at work. Most women agree that these heels are quite comfortable to wear, especially with their cushioned footbed that helps to prevent foot pain and lower limb fatigue even with hours of wear. If you're on your feet for hours on end then this is a smart choice of footwear because it won't cause you to be uncomfortable like most high heels would. Teachers and other professional ladies rave about Jermaine's overall wearability and how little discomfort it causes.

The sizes do run a little on the smaller side so you might consider buying half to a full size up from what you normally wear. This is especially true if you have wider feet. For ladies with narrow toes, you should be fine with your normal size. The flexible design that this pair offers is perfect for walking around because it doesn't restrict the way you move in any way. A rigid material would make it more likely for you to develop a blister but this material won't cause the rubbing or friction.

I rated Jermaine fairly highly based on its professional appearance and work-ready design. As for those times when you're not at the office, this pair falls a little short in excitement and isn't the best choice available.